Skip to Main Content
16 February 2010

Separation & Divorce Need Not Destroy Your Family

Research shows that the damage sustained by acrimonious divorces has far longer-term effects than previously thought. There exists a process whereby separating couples to maintain a level of communication beneficial to the family long after the separation/divorce.

Collaborative law aims to reduce acrimony and damage to extended family relationships.  It enables two people to separate with respect and dignity.

It involves the process of negotiation, timetabling and settlement is under the control of the separating couple, not the court or Solicitors.  Finality is reached significantly and more speedily than through the traditional route of court procedure.

  • Collaborative Law is more economical.  Whilst both parties engage experienced family Solicitors who are trained in the collaborative process, expenses are reduced.  For example there are no court fees, an agreed neutral expert Accountant or Valuer will advise both parties rather then each of you having their own expert. 
  • Correspondence is reduced and your respective Solicitors will be able to raise queries face to face rather than through prolonged legal correspondence.
  • Collaborative Law can be used to agree property/financial matters and issues in respect of children.
  • It can be used to negotiate co-habitation agreements, pre and post nuptial agreements and civil partnership agreements.
  • The collaborative process also allows for the families to actively benefit (if desired) from the assistance of divorce coaches in enabling them to assess the impact of their lifestyle choices on the family as a whole.
  • It provides a better way which gives you control of negotiations and outcome.


For further information and a list of Solicitors in Northern Ireland trained to practice Collaborative Law go to

The Law Society of Northern Ireland website use cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. For more details about cookies and how to manage them see our cookie policy

Accept and close